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Tyrone resident participates in AQHA horseback riding program

Terrie Lee Hines of Tyrone recently earned an award for logging 150 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.
The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.
A unique aspect of the program is its simplicity.
Current AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time $25 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their own horse, but all official hours must be accured with a registered American Quarter Horse.
The first award, a program recognition patch, is given after only 50 hours have been logged and verified. Patches and nine subsequent awards are presented at 100 to 5,000 hour levels and range from merchandise gift certificates from Drysdales Western Store to a Montana Silversmith trophy belt buckle at the highest level.
Other awards provided by AQHA corporate sponsors include a $25 gift certificate, at the 100 hour level, good towards any item from Drysdales Western Store, and 750 hours, a Tex Tan basket stamped belt.
For each additional hour levels, achieved members will receive Montana Silversmith products as awards. Also, at both 500 hour and 5,000 hour award levels, recipients receive recognition in :The American Quarter Horse Journal,” AQHA’s monthly magazine.
“AQHA is very proud to offer this program rewarding people who enjoy riding and driving American Quarter horses,” said Stephanie Stultz, AQHA manager of membership services. “Enrollees are doing such diverse activities that it’s obvious this program literally fits everyone who likes spending time with horses.”
AQHA actively encourages horseback riding as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed alone or shared with family and friends.
For more information about AQHA and its programs, visit www.aqha.com or call (806) 376-4811.